These are different than our premium grade picks in that they are stamped from thinner gauge silver and are not pre-formed, so the blades will be thinner than our premium grade and the bands will be a bit thicker. Less steps in the manufacturing process means we can offer them for less than our premium grade picks. They still feature our Patent Pending gripper teeth and the silver alloy produces superior tone. 

Hand Crafted Finger Picks - Pickin' It Basket

Single or Pair
Blade Shape
  • FAQ
    1. Is there sizing required or are they adjustable?

    If your ‘regular’ picks normally overlap, you should have the bands cut shorter. The inner teeth work the best when they make full contact all the way around. We’ll be happy to work with you on sizing matters if you can describe how much shorter you need. This is done at no extra charge. It works the best on the Death Grip style since the bands are plain at the ends. The shield style may cut into the ornamental work if they’re shortened too much.

    As far as adjustability, keep in mind that only the blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks. The bands are fairly thick too, but have been thinned enough to be adjustable. Before final shaping, the picks are annealed to make them more pliable for shaping and to reduce metal fatigue which extends the life of the picks.

    2. What’s the difference between the Death Grip and the Silver Shield model other than design?

    No difference except the design. We hope to introduce some more options in the near future including a gospel model called the Silver Cross and perhaps even some commemorative, limited edition picks further down the road.

    3. Is there a difference between nickel and silver other than the appearance?

    People tend to prefer the silver picks for a warmer or ‘darker’ tone, and nickel for a brighter tone. I prefer the silver picks for banjo and steel guitar but I use the nickel picks for dobro. But that’s MY personal preference. Either way you go, you should notice a vast improvement in tone, looks and feel over any picks you’ve used in the past.

    4. Do you make any picks with a sharper point?

    We can do custom modifications on request. Extreme points we call “The Claw” are done for an extra charge of $20 each. Less extreme modifications can be done for about $10 each.

    5. Can I twist the blade to adjust for my angle of attack?

    The unique blade shape automatically compensates for any angle of attack. No need for angled or twisted blades since the hemispherical ends will provide the same radius coming off the string no matter what angle of attack.

    6. Silver is very soft. Will they wear out quickly?

    The blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks off the rack. One player who is a two time National Banjo Champion has been playing them for a few years now and showed me his picks recently. Although he’s never polished them, they actually look better now from the many, many hours he plays. The burnishing action of the strings kept the blades bright and shiny with no flat spots on the ends.

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